PARIS21 has produced a Country-level Advocacy Toolkit, which aims to help national statistical system managers and statisticians in developing countries with their own advocacy work and to demonstrate the advantages of planning advocacy systematically. It gathers, in a single package, advocacy methodology, tools, tips and messages.
The Toolkit deals with statistical advocacy at the country level. It focuses on statistical advocacy as a means to convince policy-makers, civil society, Media, NGOs and representatives of multilateral and bilateral agencies in developing countries of the importance of statistics in the wider context of development and, in particular, of the necessity for developing countries to have a well-prepared, adequately funded and successfully implemented National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS).
- Policy-makers in developing countries: Prime Minister, Minister in charge of statistics, Government “spokesperson”, Finance/Economy ministry, Rural development ministry, Education Ministry, Health and Social Affairs ministry, Fishing ministry, Labor ministry, Planning ministry, Agriculture ministry, Trade ministry, PRSP coordinators, NSDS coordinators, Parliamentarians, Ambassadors.
- Civil society, media, NGOs in developing countries: Multilateral and bilateral representatives in developing countries
- European Union representative, World Bank representative, IMF representative, Chief of cooperation representative, UN representative.
How to do develop advocacy strategies for statistics
The initial analysis is probably best carried out as a brain-storming exercise through a facilitated workshop, to discuss the following steps in producing the advocacy strategy:
- What changes are needed that advocacy can help to bring about?
- What social, political, economic and institutional factors (including within the NSO and NSS) are affecting the dynamics and possibilities for change and improvement?
- Which organizations and individuals (internal and external) can drive or help to drive that change? What will motivate those key organizations and individuals and what messages will work best? How can the messages be delivered, either directly or through intermediaries such as the media and other non-government channels?
Participants would include a range of NSO, NSS and other stakeholders who understand the context and can contribute their ideas. Depending on the country, NSS managers may want to draw upon international experience, including from neighboring countries. This is an area to which the PARIS21 Secretariat can bring experience, including by helping to organize and facilitate workshops.